Preen is a granular weed preventer that keeps current weeds from going to seed and stops future seeds from sprouting. To win against weeds, you need to stop them when they're seeds.
Consider this: even perfectly average weeds can pump out 15,000 seeds per plant annually. YIKES! That's more Saturday's than I have left - so I decided to give Preen a try and give my spraying hand a rest.
The result? So far, so good. Preen is preventing Charlotte's perennials from being consumed in a hostile weed takeover. From what I've seen, this stuff works - and it works very well.
Here's the 411:
The folks at Preen are freakin' weed experts so I asked them if they'd share some summertime tips with our green thumb Boomers. Follow these six steps and you'll have more Saturdays sipping cold drinks and less time sweating it out in the garden.
How to Stay Six Steps Ahead of Weeds
Every garden is filled with millions of weeds, even if they can't be seen. You can pull, chop, spray and dig weeds out, but they remain. That's because garden soil is well-stocked with millions of future weeds in the form of seeds. Here are six simple steps that can radically reduce time and energy wasted on weeds, resulting in nearly weed-free gardening over time.
1. Get rid of existing weeds
New weeds come from mature weeds gone to seed. Eliminating those weeds is the first step. You can pull them, dig them, or spray and kill them. Whatever you do, be sure to get them, roots and all.
2. Add mulch as a first line of defense
Weed seeds beneath the soil surface are dormant. It's only when exposed to light that those seeds sprout. Adding a two to three inch layer of mulch helps keep the seeds in soil in the dark.
3. Prevent new weeds from starting
A pre-emergent weed preventer such as Preen used in combination with mulch provides a double whammy of weed control, stopping seeds from sprouting for up to three to four months. Preen is effective spring, summer and fall, so any time is a good time to apply it.
4. Activate the weed-control barrier
After applying Preen weed preventer, just water it in to activate it. Once activated, Preen bonds with soil particles, creating an invisible weed-control barrier that prevents weed seeds from forming roots for up to three to four months.
5. Eject any weedy volunteers
Sometimes unseen weeds will have already sprouted before you lay down mulch and weed preventer. As you see them, pull them out.
6. The campaign continues
In mid-summer, a second application of Preen helps squelch windborne seeds from weeds that set seed in late summer or fall.
To learn more about weeds, weed prevention and for timely seasonal gardening tips, visit Preen.